View Full Version : 1870 Springfield Trapdoor, 50-70

December 20, 2010, 11:00 AM
A Mr. Ed Good has an 1870 Springfield Trapdoor, 50-70 for sale on GunsAmerica.

Two questions:

Would this be the same gun as the one used by Buffalo Bill when he shot many buffalo to help feed the men building the railroad across the plains?

Is this gun safe to shoot? Black powder, only.

Typing Ed Good in the GunAmerica search box probably easiest way to find this gun--as well as all he has to sell.


December 20, 2010, 06:41 PM
Hello 270, I have seen his rifle or what remains of it. I believe it was a model 1868 not a model 1870. Both are chambered for the 50-70-450, however the 1868 model was actually a modified 1863 in which a section of the barrel breech was milled off and the "trapdoor" was screwed to the top of the barrel. The model 1870 was actually made from scratch with the "trapdoor" manufactured onto a new barrel. This is from memory as I havent researched these in years. I would assume both are equally strong and if in good condition should be perfectly safe to shoot with black powder. I regularly shoot an 1873 Springfield.

December 21, 2010, 01:33 AM
30-30 remchester,

I think you're right. I'm now recalling some of what you mentioned.

A search on the internet would probably be fruitful and quick.

I forget the asking price for this gun but it was 400 plus. Has a chip of wood missing but would be easy for gunsmith to replace. I'm more concerned about the metal.

Now, after your reply, think I'll go for a 1868 model if they are not too expensive.